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Literature in English

Finding and Using Primary Sources

Finding Authors' Papers, Manuscripts, Correspondence

Published letters, diaries, and facsimile manuscripts can be found in Duke's catalog and others by searching for the author's name and subject keywords such as: sources, diaries, interviews, personal narratives, correspondence, etc.

Librarian for Literature

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Arianne Hartsell-Gundy
William R. Perkins Library, 233G
Duke University, Box 90195
Durham, NC 27708
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Online Primary Sources Related to Literature


David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Finding aids for selected representative rare book and manuscript collections:

Researchers are encouraged to contact Rubenstein for information about the many materials not represented here!

When using the collection, first register as a researcher to view materials in the Rubenstein reading room, located on the third floor of Perkins Library.

Materials can be requested using links in the catalog or collections guides. Most Rubenstein materials are housed off-site and require 2 full business days for delivery to the reading room.